The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Jonathan Harvey as Composer in Association.
Harvey’s first large scale commission for the BBC SSO will be premiered in September 2005 to celebrate the orchestra’s move to City Hall, Glasgow for the new season. Glasgow's Tramway Theatre will host a Portrait Concerto on 21 January 2005, to include his Calling Across Time, Scena and Wheel of Emptiness. In addition, the orchestra will perform his ravishing orchestral work Tranquil Abiding, in Aberdeen in April 2005.
Jonathan Harvey is arguably one of the most innovative composers working in Europe today, but this is his first appointment to a UK symphony orchestra. Widely commissioned by international performing ensembles and contemporary music festivals, Harvey’s works have been extensively performed and toured by the world’s leading orchestras.
Ilan Volkov, the BBC SSO’s award winning conductor said:
“I have admired Jonathan Harvey’s work for a long time, and his pre-eminence is unquestionable; I am proud to be working alongside such a distinguished composer and enormously excited about the new work that he will be producing for the BBC SSO.”